Holiday Gift Guide Part Three: Web Shopping Edition

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Cyber Monday may have come and gone, but you don’t have to give up on holiday shopping without leaving your chair—yes, even for vintage clothes!

There are two ways to shop Petrune online: our Etsy shop features vintage items that are particularly delicate, high quality, and/or one-of-a-kind. And our Petrunia shop lets you peruse the offerings from all four collections of our own vintage-inspired clothing line. We ship from both sites at very reasonable rates, so there’s no reason to leave the far-flung vintage lovers in your life out in the cold! (And of course, if you’re local, you can come into the store and ask to see anything you’ve spotted online.)

Here’s a quick side-by-side sampling of some of the pieces on offer.

First, two beautiful faux leopard coats, one from the 50s, the other 60s-inspired:










Second, two full-skirted party dresses in iridescent blue, one classically feminine, the other with modern, flirty touches of black:


Can you guess which are new and which are Petrunia? (Probably; luckily that’s not the point.) Happy shopping, and stay tuned for more gift guides! If you missed the two previous installments, check them out here and here.



Meet the Neighbors: Sheldon Hill

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What’s the best complement to a vintage or vintage-inspired outfit? No, not a martini–vintage jewelry, of course! That’s why Petrune is thrilled to share a building and adjacent storefronts with Sheldon Hill, whose collection of jewelry from the 19th and 20th centuries is lovingly and skillfully curated by Stacey Payette. Like Petrune, Sheldon Hill carries an eclectic mix of beautiful things, from exquisite Edwardian diamond rings to chunky plastic bangles. And like at Petrune, there are items to suit every budget–in fact, we couldn’t agree more with Stacey’s motto for the store: “affordable elegance for everyone.”

With such a great resource right next door, we can’t believe it took us this long to do a photoshoot pairing Petrune dresses with Sheldon Hill jewelry! Stacey generously loaned us the perfect jewelry for each outfit, which was then modeled by the lovely Madeline Tingle and photographed by our own talented photographer, Emily Finegan. We hope you enjoy the result, a celebration of 20th-century style–not to mention good old-fashioned neighborly cooperation.

For our first look, we put Madeline in a Heart gown from the Spring 2013 Petrunia collection. Inspired by the ballgowns of the 1950s, the Heart is floor-length gray satin with a sweetheart neckline, rhinestone-encrusted straps, and scattered flowers, also embroidered in rhinestones (they couldn’t get enough of rhinestones in the ’50s).  We knew Stacey would honor the period taste for everything sparkly, and she didn’t disappoint, pairing this dress with rhinestone chandelier earrings, necklace, and wide bracelet, all from the ’50s, as well as a faux black pearl and rhinestone ring from the ’60s.

Now for a little ’80s-style glam! Madeline stuns in a vintage black velvet strapless party dress with a giant bow at the drop waist and an emerald-green bubble skirt with a malachite pattern. Stacey matched the strong shapes and colors of the dress with geometric, black-and-white plastic jewelry–a classic ’80s party look.

Next, a dress for a very different kind of party…Madeline is wearing an extravagant confection of periwinkle tulle and iridescent sequins from the 1950s, complete with detachable tulle shawl! Stacey paired this dress with a dainty ’50s necklace and earring set in white & turquoise milk glass, as well as cotton luncheon gloves.

In our final look, Madeline wears a contemporary peacock-green silk cocktail dress, whose deep V neck and wide waistband evoke classical Greece. With such simple elegance as a starting point, Stacey pulled out all the stops with jewelry: along with a sterling silver ’80s modernist studio bangle, Madeline wears an ’80s runway silvertone rose necklace and earring set that simply drips with drama!

For a bonus look, we had Madeline throw on a pale gray Intermission coat from the Petrunia Spring 2013 collection over the green silk dress and “go shopping” next door at Sheldon Hill! Enjoy that photo sequence after the jump.

Prom Perfect

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It comes but once a year, and we always look forward to it. Prom season is here in all it’s glory… The taffeta, the tulle, the pastel colors…. We love it all! Even if you don’t have a prom in your future, it is always fun to look at beautiful formal wear, and who knows, you can always create an event fit for a princess! Here are a few lovely shots of Eleanor in some of our formal wear finest that can be found on our Etsy shop. Simply click on the image for more detail shots. Bask in the beauty :)!

1950's Magnolia Cupcake Crinoline Party Dress

1950's Robin's Egg Blue Tulle Party Dress with Veil

1950's Yellow Cupcake Party Dress

1950's Periwinkle Party Dress

In addition to the selection on our Etsy site, we also have a collection on the store floor waiting for a wonderful home, and great party!

April Showers!

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Spring is in the air! These April showers can only mean that we are moving in the right direction. Sundresses, sandals, and shorts are all on the horizon! This week we created a window display to celebrate. Can you guess our inspiration? The answer is after the jump!

A Window Fit for a Boudoir Queen

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Vintage sleepwear is incredible. The detail put into nightgowns and lingerie back when they were primarily handmade never ceases to amaze us… and the silks and satins don’t hurt much either!

For our most recent window, we’re displaying some dreamy vintage boudoir looks, as well as saucy vintage-inspired lingerie. Take a gander. Some detail shots after the jump!


Party Time at Petrune

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Winter is great. There’s the picturesque snow, and we get to bundle in many warm things while we drink warm things with warm people.  When we’re not burrowing into peppermint mochas and woolly blankets though, there’s a sparkly and fabulous aspect to the holiday season fast approaching: holiday parties! Even better, party dresses!

We’ve put together some of our most luscious, sparkly, and celebratory outfits for your pleasure. Combat seasonal depression with tasty cider and socialization in one of these awesome frocks. From crushed velvet, to beautiful beaded creations, to simple red satin, we’ve got you covered for all your wintry party needs.

Libby models a classic red satin gown with a rabbit fur capelet.

Channel the 50's chic in this violet cocktail dress.

If you have a party this would be appropriate for, I'm jealous.

Hand beaded, every inch. About 20 lbs but so beautiful.

The perfect red velvet Christmas dress.

Little black dress with sparkle is a winning combo in any season.

Fall Trend Report

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Now that we’ve had a couple of chilly days sprinkled into this heat wave, it’s time to start thinking about fall wardrobes. Lucky for us, fashion is cyclical, so you can bet that if it’s on the runways, it’s at Petrune. Check out a couple of our versions of fall runway trends.

Camel with a 70’s flair at Chloé

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…and at Petrune.

70’s printed poly blouse, French wool pants, 50’s leather gloves.

Military inspired at Burberry…

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…and at Petrune.

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Tulle wool coat, 80’s silk blouse, B.B Dakota skinny pants, ILI foldover leather bag, and Seychelles booties.

50’s ladylike at Louis Vuitton…

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…and at Petrune.

military look
Edwardian men’s waistcoat, 1950’s printed circle skirt (with crinoline), 60’s bow kitten heels, 60’s croc handbag.

Minimalist at Calvin Klein…

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…and at Petrune.

1960’s wool shift dress with patent belt, leather riding boots.

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